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Spring 2012-2013
ECO 351 (SA)   No Audit

Economics of Development

Thomas Fujiwara

This course is divided in two parts. The first examines why some countries are so much richer than others, and critically evaluate different explanations for this phenomenon on theoretical and empirical grounds. The second part deals with selected microeconomic issues related to life in the developing world, examining theories and data on education, health, credit and other topics.

Sample reading list:
Weil, David N., Economic Growth - Second Edition. Prentice Hall, 2009.
Banerjee, A.V. and Duflo, Esther, Poor Economics - Public Affairs, 2011
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Papers, problem sets and final exam. This will be the required textbook for half the course (the remainder will involve papers, book chapters).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should satisfy all of the three requisites below: ECO 101, ECO 300 (or 310), ECO 302 (or 312). Students that do not satisfy the criteria may take the course only with permission from the instructor..

Equivalent Courses:
ECO 351, WWS 302 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Other information:
Students should have familiarity with calculus and with multivariate statistical regressions, since this course requires solving economic models with derivatives/first order conditions and reading empirical papers.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40693 L01 8:30 am - 9:50 am T Th   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:32 Limit:50
P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:0 Limit:25